Well. I don’t normally fall into the ‘trap’ of comparing camera systems especially between the Nikons and the Canons of this world. I have long ago passed the equipment obsession mode so many of us (in fact maybe all of us) seem to go through. I am happy with my Canon gear though I must admit I did go through a stage of contemplating the switch when the D3 was announced. The main reason for switching was the 200-400 f/4, the 200mm f/2 and the nicely priced full frame D3. I decided against it because I asked myself whether my photography would change as a result of the switch. I’m not one to go pixel peeping and comparing noise control especially between pro-level bodies. They all have their strengths and weaknesses and in the end, it just wasn’t compelling enough (especially because Nikon doesn’t have anything to complete with my EF 85mm f/1.2 L).
But making that decision to stick doesn’t stop me from being a bit envious of Nikon users and a bit peeved at Canon.
Nikon just announced their new flagship speedlite, the SB-900 . Looking at the various reviews its gotten, especially from Strobist and Joe Mcnally, one can’t help wonder if Canon is just irritating its users or is just oblivious to user demand or just plain don’t believe in off camera flash photography. 2 things I in the SB-900 that I wished the 580 EX II has is the zoom function to 200mm as well as the built in optical slave functionality both of which gives more control and flexibility.
Well. Kudos to Nikon users. I think the SB-900 will give them much more flexibility and I acknowledge that the Nikon speedlite system is far more superior to Canons. If Nikon keeps this up and Canon keeps nodding off, I might just have to contemplate life again.